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CrazyCook's worst nightmare 
Jun. 9, 2012 7:10 pm 
Updated: Jun. 13, 2012 5:54 pm
I doubt that my worst nightmare could EVER come to reality, and perhaps I'm not alone in fretting about such things, but still... fears are fears, whether they have come true or not!  Fact is, that I not only LOVE to cook, but I love to entertain also...  I also tend to be extremely cautious when it comes to certain dishes.

I've only recently begun watching the show "Army Wives," but one poor gal in the episode I'm watching, lived my worst fears...  While entertaining a large group of her husband's "cronies," she followed advice of another "wife," and prepared MAJOR quantities of food.  This included  a humongous bowl of macaroni salad, which was too large for her to fit into the frige...  You've probably guessed where I'm going with this... 

I can live with my errors if I overcook a roast, or the mashed potatoes get sloppy, but to give food poisoning to all who ate the macaroni salad - or any other dish, for that matter...   I believe that I'd be too embarassed to show my face again, for the duration of my cooking career! 

I used to have a kitchen witch hanging in the window of my (old) kitchen, which if I'm not mistaken is to bring luck and good fortune, watching over all that any cook prepares.  Sadly, she became so covered in dust and dirt, that I discarded her long ago...  Perhaps I've not needed her, afterall, I've yet to poison anyone, including myself!  So, I guess I'll continue to entertain as reasons arise, keeping all of my toes crossed for "luck."  I also wonder if a new kitchen witch might not be a bad idea...  Summer gatherings are no longer on the horizon, so I might just re-check my recipes, and attempt to find such that don't require such things as mayonnaise, or shell fish! 

So, till next time, be happy, be healthy, and cook safely - a little crazy won't hurt... will it?
Jun. 9, 2012 7:20 pm
It's always a worry to cook for others, isn't it! I hope I've never made anyone sick. I've made them wait forever before, though. I recall a potato dish I made that took over an hour and a half more when the dinner was ready. Not good. Live and learn.
Jun. 9, 2012 9:15 pm
Marianne, glad that I'm not alone, I guess... Delaying a meal vs food poisoning... I think the first is better! Be well, and cook "safe."
Jun. 10, 2012 9:25 am
Mayonnaise is not the bad guy. For example: potato salad - if it has onions in it they will go bad first then the potatoes. Mayo is quite safe believe it or not. However I won't go as far to say it's bullet proof.
Jun. 10, 2012 9:27 am
As long as the Mayo is NOT homemade.
Jun. 10, 2012 12:16 pm
I cook at a soup kitchen/food pantry with the most primitive and basic equipment and daily pray that we manage to prepare everything well and no one gets sick. I've locked horns more than once with the director over soup not kept hot enough and things left out of the cooler for too long. He is a money man (and a wonderful asset, a great fund raiser and organizer) I usually get my way by reminding him of the potential for lawsuits. He thinks I'm overly cautious because the person I alternate with is more casual about these things.
Jun. 10, 2012 1:02 pm
That's one of my worst fears. If someone hates my cooking or I made someone sick with my cooking!
Jun. 10, 2012 3:12 pm
bd, I'll take your word for it.... but I'll still keep bowls on ice this time of year, simply for my own peace of mind! Be well and thanks for the input!
Jun. 10, 2012 3:14 pm
BigShotsMom, I too think that caution is the only way to go when feeding a crowd. That poor girl on tv... all of her guests sick the next day! I'd be a total wreck! Be well!
Jun. 10, 2012 3:16 pm
CookandBakeGirl... I think I'd curl up and die (aka - stop cooking!) if I made everyone sick! Sometimes I'm "afraid" to open a jar of home canned whatever, even knowing that I take every precaution... food poisening is no fun at all! (been there, done that....) Be well, and cook safe!
Jun. 10, 2012 6:17 pm
Maybe there is some good in all this, she found a new laxative in her witches brew.
Jun. 11, 2012 2:46 am
hey stevie, sorry i'm late getting here,busy week end...yes i too worry about making everyone sick, so do every thing i can to make the meal safe, so i think it's not just you, we all well friend.....judy
Jun. 11, 2012 7:38 am
That is my worst cooking nightmare too Stevie. I don't think I have ever poisoned anyone in all my years, but one never knows for sure.....thank God!
Jun. 11, 2012 5:48 pm
steve have you seen this soup list there are some on there worth trying.
Jun. 11, 2012 7:03 pm
Judy, I think you would have heard if you'd ever had a mishap! All we can do is be CAUTIOUS, I guess! Be well!
Jun. 11, 2012 7:06 pm
Mauigirl, I guess all we can do is our best, to protect those who "sup" with us! Be well! and eat healthy...
Jun. 11, 2012 7:06 pm
King, thanks for the link, I'll look into it, for sure! Be well!
Jun. 12, 2012 6:04 pm
Good evening, Stevie! It looks like you share a nightmare with all of us. I get so paranoid that I will not use condiments that have been opened previous to the party and all mixing/serving equipment gets washed with antibacterial soap before use and rinsed in very hot water.
Jun. 13, 2012 5:54 pm
Good to hear from you Mike... I guess I'd have to say that peroxide/water in a spray bottle makes me feel better, also I've been much healthier since getting a dishwasher... I feel that cuts down on "germs" itself! Be well, friend!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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